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Learn the Warning Signs of Parkinson’s disease

Previously known as shaking palsy, Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes loss of muscle control. This chronic and progressive movement neurological disorder continues to worsen over time. According to the data, it has been reported that more than one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease in the USA. Although no permanent cure is reported for this disease, there are various treatment options to manage its symptoms.

Progression of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease progression varies from individual to individual. This is a chronic disease that progresses slowly and the symptoms can worsen over a period of time. While Parkinson is not termed as a fatal disease, the way it progresses can vary in individuals.

  • With the variation of movement symptoms, the rate of progress differs.
  • Some symptoms are more bothersome than others.
  • People suffering from Parkinson’s disease live with the symptoms for years.
  • About 8% of cases are reported by people belonging to age group of 40 to 50 years.

Parkinson’s disease Symptoms
The early signs of this neurological disorder are subtle and are often confused with other neurological diseases. However, the signs change with the progression of the disease. Here, it must be remembered that symptoms that a person experiences during the early stages of Parkinson may differ from symptoms that another person gets. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Tremors or shaking of arms, legs and hand
  • Aching and stiff muscles
  • Weakness of throat and face muscles
  • Freezing or inability to move
  • Stiffness or Difficulty in balancing
  • Small, crowded handwriting

Other symptoms beyond movement include:

  • Daytime fatigue or restlessness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion, memory problem or dementia
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Constipation

Risk Factors
Different diseases often come with their own set of risk factors. Have a risk factor mean that your chances of acquiring a problem increase. Parkinson disease often comes with hard to identify risk factors because the underlying cause of the disease is still unknown.

  • Getting old

Advancing age is number one risk factor for acquiring this disease. This is because people after the age of 50 get affected by this disease. However, in rare cases, people at a younger age of 30 are also affected by this disease.

  • Family history

People with a family member having a close relation with the disease often show symptoms of this disease. Having a family history of Parkinson diseases means you are at a significant risk of attaining this neurological disease.

  • Environmental factors

Some researchers have also shown that long term exposure to environmental risk factors such as chemicals, pesticides, and impure water may increase the risk of developing this disease.

Diagnosing Parkinson’s
There is no precise test that helps the doctors to diagnose Parkinson’s disease and thus it is often difficult to predict the disease in its initial stages. According to the estimates, it is known that approximately 25% of the patients are misdiagnosed and about 40% are not diagnosed at all.
No blood test or laboratory test can diagnose the disease which makes it even more difficult for the physicians. The diagnosis of the disease is based on doctor’s observations and examination therefore it is crucial that the doctor has experience in dealing with such cases. If you are suspecting Parkinson disease, it is advised that you meet a movement disorder trained neurologist.

Parkinson’s Treatment
Elders suffering from Parkinson disease need special care and individual treatment. While availing treatment for Parkinson’s, it must be remembered that this neurological disorder cannot be cured or reverse but the symptoms can only be treated. There are various ways to cure the ailment:

  • Home treatment
  • Medications
  • Surgical options
  • Alternative Treatment
  • Exercise
  • Positive attitude
  • Controlled diet

Who Gets Parkinson?
The average age of people suffering from this disease is 62 years; however, there are only 3% – 5% chances of a person above the age of 60 to be diagnosed with this disease. Moreover, men are more likely to suffer from this disease as compared to women.
Don’t panic and let the disease overwhelm you. Get in touch with an experienced neurologist to obtain the right treatment on time and avoid complication at a later stage.